If you read any of my stuff you are familiar with my complimentary closing – Keep moving.
It’s my way of saying, stay persistent. You have to keep moving mentally towards positive thoughts. You have to keep moving forward towards improvement in all areas of life. You have to keep physically moving your body with structured exercise.
Your motivation towards fitness will have ups and downs. You have a spouse to love, children to enjoy and prepare for adulthood, as well as personal ambitions that require hard work and time. Through it all, you cannot give up on the commitment of taking care of yourself:
- Proper hygiene
- Physical exercise
- Good nutrition
- Willingness to learn
One thing is for certain, life will get crazy at times. Life is similar to the game Whack-a-mole (I thank BTF member Roger Greenwood for this one). A mole will pop up, in Rogers case, a knee replacement. You must Whack the mole and move on because eventually another mole is going to pop up.
When an unexpected mole rears its ugly head, your commitment to fitness might move from the driver seat to the back seat. This is totally fine. The 3-5 hours a week you commit to fitness may only become 30 minutes twice a week. This is very acceptable. Putting your fitness in the trunk and driving it out in the woods to bury it six feet deep is unacceptable.
Fitness Commandment – Thou Shalt Not Go Three Days Without Structured, Physical Movement.
I do my very best to follow this commandment. I use a basic composition notebook as my training journal. If my journal shows I have not challenged my body and mind with physical movement two days in a row, I make sure I don’t go a third day without giving my body a little TLC.
Sometimes the tender-loving care is a series of dynamic stretching/mobility exercises and a brisk walk. Other times it’s a full one hour session of strength training and conditioning work. For me it’s not about the ‘what’, but more about the ‘why’.
The discipline to stay consistent with movement has a positive impact on every other aspect of my life. I’m happier, less stressed and more productive when I exercise regularly.
If you are struggling with consistency, try this approach for the rest of 2021. Find a way to make it happen. I promise you’ll like how you feel mentally and physically.